Posts tagged ‘watercolor’

Hello everyone! I was going to say good morning, but by the time I publish this it probably won’t be morning anymore. I had such grandiose plans for today. I was going to get up at 7, write, get ready for the day, write this blog post, and then draw the rest of the day. When my alarm went off at 7, my body was like HAHAHAHA that’s funny. . . so needless to say it is almost noon and here I am just starting this post. There is still a lot of day left, so I am sure I will still get a lot done. There is always tomorrow to try the 7 am alarm again. (I know this doesn’t seem early to most people, but I work an evening job as a part time job in the beginning of the week, so sometimes it’s harder for me to tap into my morning person personality later in the week.)

So you are all waiting for some sketchbook posts! This week I actually have some of the finished projects on my computer so I will share those along with the sketches. This sketchbook is also from my 3rd year at FIT. It’s so fun looking back at these and knowing the projects they eventually inspired. It’s also cool to me to see how much of my style has stayed the same and how much has changed.

For my History of Illustration class we had to pick two musicians to paint. I picked Buddy Holly  and Cyndi Lauper. We had to use photo reference but change it enough so that we weren’t violating copyright. I am not sure I accomplished that, but I will never sell these. It was a good exercise. For the rest of my life I will sing “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” and “Buddy Holly” by Weezer every time I see these. These sketches were done in pencil.

pencil sketch

pencil sketch of Buddy Holly

pencil sketch

pencil sketch of Cyndi Lauper

And since I actually have the finishes on my computer:

Watercolor of Buddy Holly

Watercolor of Buddy Holly

Watercolor of Cyndi Lauper

Watercolor of Cyndi Lauper

I don’t work like this much anymore, but looking back at these, I can see where my love of graphic shapes and patterns in illustrations was starting to appear in my work.

The next sketches were for a linocut we did in another class. For this process, you transfer your drawing onto some sort of block (we used easy cut blocks) and make a stamp of your piece which you then ink and transfer to paper. It was a super fun project. I was the only one prepared for class that day, and my teacher made my classmates all pay me to use my supplies. I think I made money that day! It is still a favorite memory from art school.

These are very loose sketches for concept:

thumbnail pencil sketches for linocut

thumbnail pencil sketches for linocut

And this is the sketch I ended up going with:

Pencil sketch for linocut

Pencil sketch for linocut

i really liked this sketch and since I still have the linocut, maybe I’ll make some more prints with this! (Note: because of the way the art is transferred, the final piece would be a mirror image of this sketch.)

Last but not least, here is a sketch I ended up doing for a project in my photoshop class:

pencil sketch: under the willow tree

pencil sketch: under the willow tree

This was a frustrating class for me. For some reason, I just could not get the hang of what we were supposed to be doing. So finally my teacher just said, create something you love in a style you want to. . . so I drew this. In the final piece, the girl is surrounded by hand drawn rainbows and flowers and butterflies…as if her drawings are coming to life. I am not sure what he was expecting, but I did have fun creating this piece.

That’s it for this week! Be sure to subscribe on the right to never miss a post!

Before I forget, I also started a new store on Society6 this week. I will be adding more art in the following weeks, and you’ll be able to get all sorts of things on phones, tote bags and more! Check it out.

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Happy Thursday Everyone! It’s super rainy here today, which makes it the perfect working day. That doesn’t mean I am working that hard. I gave myself a tiny vacation this week because my sister is visiting from the West Coast. Tomorrow it will be back to work, but for today, here are some watercolor drawings that I did when studying Fashion Illustration at FIT. The colors seemed appropriate for the weather today.

anneappert-menswear2-tbt

anneappert-menswear1-tbt

The first image was probably a 7-10 minute pose. I think this because there are pencil lines under the watercolor. the figures beneath were probably 3 minute poses to warm up, which is why they all overlap. These were all drawn from a model with concentrated watercolor. We used concentrated watercolors in fashion illustration because they dried fast and the colors are so brilliant. Also they were fun.
It is really funny what you remember when you are flipping through old sketchbooks. I can very clearly envision where I was standing in the room when I painted these. There was another instructor wandering around. He was out of sorts because the model he had booked for his class hadn’t shown up. He flipped through this sketchbook while I was working on one of the longer poses in the class. He really liked these images which made me happy. I think it made him sad because he couldn’t have his students working too!
Looking at these images reminds me of how fun it was to draw like this. Using watercolor, there wasn’t much planning before you started, you had to simply jump into it. Any mistakes had to be worked into the image, or dealt with some other way. It was a very freeing way to draw. In a way, even though you can’t erase, it takes the pressure off. You know you will probably make mistakes, it won’t be perfect, and it’s ok. Maybe today I will pull out my watercolors again!

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“It’s not just about creativity, it is about the person you are becoming while you’re creating.” – Charlie Peacock

I found this quote while procrastinating on Pinterest this afternoon. It really struck a chord with me, because it really sums up how I feel this week changed me. I know that seems crazy, a week changed me? Did that much really happen this week?
In short, yes. I have never taken a week off before and just dedicated to my art career. Let me tell you, I fell in love with the freelance life. Yes I freelance part time anyway, but to fully be immersed in my dream career? It was amazing. I don’t have very many stressful projects right now, and I know freelancing isn’t all rainbows and butterflies, but for the first time in my life, my eyes were open to the knowledge that I really could freelance full time. Not financially at this point, but mentally I am totally ready. There is nothing like waking up and knowing there is nothing on the agenda for the day except creating.
So what does my life look like as a freelancer? I got plenty of sleep, exercised, ate well, and made art everyday. I think the routine of it was what really sold me. You can get so much more done with your time when you do the same thing every day. There was none of the pressure of: if I don’t get this done today, I won’t be able to work on it again for a week. Instead, if I didn’t finish something I could work on it again the next day. And that was empowering to me as an artist.
I know if I did do this full time there would be all nighters, times where I was stressed about where the next paycheck was coming from, clients who were stressful or didn’t understand what I did, and periods where I just felt uninspired. There would be times where I couldn’t exercise, where sleep wasn’t a priority, where I would have to spend days with the business side of things instead of creating. But these things happen anyway. There are weeks when I come to the blank page and I just don’t know where to go. There are times when I am frustrated with what a client wants me to do or the time frame in which they want me to do it. There are times when I come home late from my job and go right to the computer to finish that project that is due the next day.
However, I still would love to do it at some point in my life. I would love if that point in my life is sooner rather than later. Because by taking this week and really focusing on me and my art, I got a glimpse of the person I could become. And that was exciting!

You are all wondering, so what did you get done this week? This is supposed to be a recap after all!
Well here is what I got done this week:
I completely revamped my website. What does that look like? Gathering files, scanning pictures, getting everything internet ready, writing a bio, finding the best way to showcase my art, and starting a blog where I could write again. And you can see the results of all that work by browsing my website (Which you are currently on)
I finished a project creating tags and posters for an up and coming clothing line. This didn’t take too long, but it was great to cross a project off the list of things to do.
I finished a new portfolio piece. Have you looked through my art yet? You’ll notice this image in the digital children’s illustration portfolio:

Like christmas lights blinking on a summer's night

Like christmas lights blinking on a summer’s night

 

 

 

This piece was a result of a drawing challenge I did with my facebook followers over the last couple of months. It was great to add color to it and make it really come to life! Also, I haven’t created a new portfolio piece in awhile so it felt good to add something new to the portfolio.

 

I also got 1/3 of the way through creating the images for my 2016 calendar. Usually I’m in a panic to finish it by December 1st so people can give it as a Christmas present. I’ve already surpassed myself in how long this usually takes me. Here’s a little preview of each of them:

January Freesia

January Freesia

February Magnolias

February Magnolias

March Cornflower

March Cornflower

April Sweet Peas

April Sweet Peas

So I was really happy with how far I got this week. It was great to pick up the paintbrush and try my hand at watercolors again. I was relieved that I finally got my new website up (That has been on the to do list for 2 years). And I was really happy to get a new portfolio piece done.
So what’s next for me? Well I am going to continue working on my calendar. I am going to continue working on new portfolio pieces. And I am going to continue blogging.

This week was great for me. Now I just have to figure out how to fit all the great things I’ve been doing around my two other jobs. Because as great as this week was, it won’t mean anything if I can’t keep up with it while still going to work. Will I get as much done each week? No. But if I can keep creating art and taking care of myself, I will definitely have accomplished what I set out to do with this week. What it comes down to is, I like the person I am when I am creating. I am focused, I am positive and excited for the future. That is something worth holding on to.

And now, back to the painting table!

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